What is etHIN?
East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) is a non-profit community Health Information Exchange (HIE) established in 2005 to serve the needs of healthcare providers. etHIN’s purpose is to manage a health information exchange network that is used by authorized providers for Treatment, Payment and Operations permitted purposes, provide technology tools designed to support improving patient outcomes, and potentially help lower some of the costs associated with healthcare.
etHIN’s robust, secure Health Information Exchange platform provides a range of specially designed technology services that allow fast exchange of patient records between authorized providers across the Community of Care. With this technology at their fingertips, providers can avoid delays that are common to traditional methods of sharing medical records such as faxing, phone calls, mailing, patient pick up of their records, and couriers.
Members of etHIN’s Community of Care have long recognized the need for a Health Information Exchange (HIE) as the right thing to do for our patients. The 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act gave a nationwide directive for creating health information exchanges, which bolstered our early efforts. In 2011, etHIN launched the HIE infrastructure so that authorized healthcare providers with a treatment, payment, or operations need for information about a patient could obtain it more easily.
etHIN is working to make health information exchange available to all members of its trusted healthcare community, with new participants joining regularly as the etHIN Community of Care expands to encompass additional Tennessee counties. etHIN adheres to all state and federal guidelines that protect Tennessee’s healthcare consumers.